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"Cumberland, a township of Providence co, R.I., the northeasternmost township in the state. It contains and many interesting minerals, Pop. 8090."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1777 - First Nail
    The first cut nail in the world was made in 1777 by Jeremiah Wilkinson, of Cumberland, R.I.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 19, 1869

  • News 1809 - Earth Trembling
    May 16.
    In Cumberland, R.I., near Attleborough, an extraordinary trembling of earth has been repeatedly noticed of late; sometimes so hard as to...Read MORE...


  • 1819 - Cumberland
    Cumberland, a post township, is situated in the northeast corner of the State, about eight miles northeast from Providence; bounded east on...Read MORE...


  • News 1842 - COPPER MINE IN RHODE ISLAND
    A rich Copper Mine has been opened at Cumberland, R. I. - Within the last week fifteen tons of ore have been shipped for Boston, from the mine,...Read MORE...


  • News 1853 - AWFUL RAILROAD ACCIDENT. FOURTEEN LIVES LOST. THIRTY OR FORTY SERIOUSLY INJURED.
    Disagreeable necessity obliges us to shock the sensibilities of our readers, by the recital of another horrible calamity from a collision of Railway...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Cumberland
    Cumberland, a township of Providence co., Rhode Island, 10 miles N. of Providence, on the Providence and Worcester railroad, contains 4 banks....Read MORE...


  • 1859
    CUMBERLAND, a township of Providence co., in the state of Rhode Island, 8 m. N of Providence. It is to some extent hilly, but is in some parts...Read MORE...


  • Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA
    Citizens Bank note
  • 1869 - In the towns of Cumberland, Smithfield, Blackstone, and Bellingham, R. I.,
    there are seventeen cotton and eight woolen mills, which employ 5,550 hands, run 4,480 looms, and annually use 15,300,000 pounds of cotton....Read MORE...


  • News 1877 - Diamond Hill Quarry Company
    The Woonsocket Patriot says that the Diamond Hill Quarry Company of Cumberland, have made a contract with the Poughkeepsie Bridge Company to furnish...Read MORE...


  • Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA
    Valley Falls Depot, 1883
  • News 1885 - A VILLAGE TERRORIZED
    WEST WRENTHAM, Mass., Aug. 1 . - The village of Diamond Hill in Cumberland, just over the line in Rhode Island, is terrorized by a gang of laborers...Read MORE...


  • News 1890 - FISHING FOR TURTLES. When the Shell-Backed Monster Bites Run Like a Steer.
    Terrapin or turtle farms are run in the South and on the Pacific coast, but the business has only been tried in New England as an experiment. As...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Cumberland
    Cumberland, a township of Providence co, R.I., the northeasternmost township in the state. It contains and many interesting minerals, Pop. 8090.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott

  • News 1899 - SERVANT GIRL VANISHES. Apparently Wore Nothing but a Nightrobe and a Picture Hat.
    (Special to the World.)
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Nov. 5. - Cumberland Hill has a mystery which the town officers and others are trying to unravel. Walter...Read MORE...


  • News 1900 - TRAPPISTS ARE TO MOVE. Monastery in Nova Scotia to Be Removed to Cumberland in Rhode Island.
    St. John, N. B., April 28. - The trappist monastery at Tracadie, N. S., is soon to be removed to a far near Cumberland, R. I., and the farm at...Read MORE...


  • Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA
    Church and School at Chapel Four Corners, Cumberland, R.I.
  • Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA
    Diamond Hill Train Station
  • Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA
    Cumberland High School, Valley Falls, R.I.
  • Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA
    Cumberland Mills Depot, 1907
  • Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA
    Diamond Hill Reservoir Gate House
  • Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA
    Broad Street Bridge
  • 1916
    Cumberland, a township (town) of Providence co., R.I., the northeasternmost town in the state. It manufactures cotton, horseshoes, etc., and contains ...Read MORE...


  • News 1924 - GAS EXPLOSION KILLS FIFTEEN
    Man Strikes Match in Gas-Filled Room of Tenement House; Family Dies

    (By Tribune's Special Leased Wire)
    CUMBERLAND, R.I., Jan. 28 - Fifteen...Read MORE...


  • 1928 - Nine Men's Misery monument in Cumberland was erected in memory of the colonists killed in Pierce's Fight during King Phillips War in 1676.
    The monument was erected in 1928, by monks living in a nearby monastery.
    bucklinsociety.net/ bucklin-family-history/ william-bucklin/ nine-mens-misery/

  • News 1934 - Communist Plot Rumored To Dynamite Water Supply
    CUMBERLAND, R.I., Sept. 14. - (UP) - Unconfirmed rumors of a communist plot to dynamite Pawtucket's water supply spread today and police guards were...Read MORE...


  • Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA
    Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Mt. St. Rita, Cumberland, Rhode Island
  • Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA
    Lonsdale Company
  • 1949 - Testimony of Water Shortage in New England
    ...The old stone walls of farmlands flooded 62 years ago are visible in the top picture [illegible] of the Diamond Hill reservoir, Cumberland R.I.,...Read MORE...


  • News 1950 - Monastery in Rhode Island Is Destroyed
    Cumberland Hill, R. I. (UP) - Fire early today destroyed the hilltop Cistercian monastery of Our Lady of the Valley, built by the patient hands of...Read MORE...


  • News 1955 - Industrial Blaze Ends 2,000 Jobs in Rhode Island
    CUMBERLAND, R.I., Sept. 13 - (INS) - Two thousand persons were left jobless today by a $5 million fire which destroyed five buildings of the Manville ...Read MORE...


  • Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA
    1955 - Flames Destroy Mill
    Alton Evening Telegraph
    Alton, Illinois
    September 13, 1955
  • News 1967 - It Was Good Ski Season For New England Resorts
    ...Rhode Island ski resorts survived abnormal warm weather in January to record a good season, with one exception. The January snow lack was balanced ...Read MORE...


  • News 1976 - Blast Destroys Aerosol Plant
    CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) - "When I got to the window, there was no wall left. It just blew me right through," said Norman Brule.

    Brule was one of at...Read MORE...


  • News 1976 - Century-old twins
    CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) - Emmanuel and Samuel Lussier's relatives are planning a centennial celebration of their own next year when the twin brothers...Read MORE...




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Valley Falls Depot, 1883

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Church and School at Chapel Four Corners, Cumberland, R.I.

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Diamond Hill Train Station

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Cumberland High School, Valley Falls, R.I.


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Cumberland Mills Depot, 1907

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Diamond Hill Reservoir Gate House

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Broad Street Bridge

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Lonsdale Company

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Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Mt. St. Rita, Cumberland, Rhode Island

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1955 - Flames Destroy Mill
Alton Evening Telegraph
Alton, Illinois
September 13, 1955
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  • 1777 - First Nail
    The first cut nail in the world was made in 1777 by Jeremiah Wilkinson, of Cumberland, R.I. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 19, 1869
  • News  1809 - Earth Trembling
    May 16.
    In Cumberland, R.I., near Attleborough, an extraordinary trembling of earth has been repeatedly noticed of late; sometimes so hard as to... Read MORE...

  • 1819 - Cumberland
    Cumberland, a post township, is situated in the northeast corner of the State, about eight miles northeast from Providence; bounded east on... Read MORE...

  • News  1842 - COPPER MINE IN RHODE ISLAND
    A rich Copper Mine has been opened at Cumberland, R. I. - Within the last week fifteen tons of ore have been shipped for Boston, from the mine,... Read MORE...

  • News  1853 - AWFUL RAILROAD ACCIDENT. FOURTEEN LIVES LOST. THIRTY OR FORTY SERIOUSLY INJURED.
    Disagreeable necessity obliges us to shock the sensibilities of our readers, by the recital of another horrible calamity from a collision of Railway... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Cumberland
    Cumberland, a township of Providence co., Rhode Island, 10 miles N. of Providence, on the Providence and Worcester railroad, contains 4 banks.... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    CUMBERLAND, a township of Providence co., in the state of Rhode Island, 8 m. N of Providence. It is to some extent hilly, but is in some parts... Read MORE...

  • 1869 - In the towns of Cumberland, Smithfield, Blackstone, and Bellingham, R. I.,
    there are seventeen cotton and eight woolen mills, which employ 5,550 hands, run 4,480 looms, and annually use 15,300,000 pounds of cotton.... Read MORE...

  • News  1877 - Diamond Hill Quarry Company
    The Woonsocket Patriot says that the Diamond Hill Quarry Company of Cumberland, have made a contract with the Poughkeepsie Bridge Company to furnish... Read MORE...

  • News  1885 - A VILLAGE TERRORIZED
    WEST WRENTHAM, Mass., Aug. 1 . - The village of Diamond Hill in Cumberland, just over the line in Rhode Island, is terrorized by a gang of laborers... Read MORE...

  • News  1890 - FISHING FOR TURTLES. When the Shell-Backed Monster Bites Run Like a Steer.
    Terrapin or turtle farms are run in the South and on the Pacific coast, but the business has only been tried in New England as an experiment. As... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Cumberland
    Cumberland, a township of Providence co, R.I., the northeasternmost township in the state. It contains and many interesting minerals, Pop. 8090.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
  • News  1899 - SERVANT GIRL VANISHES. Apparently Wore Nothing but a Nightrobe and a Picture Hat.
    (Special to the World.)
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Nov. 5. - Cumberland Hill has a mystery which the town officers and others are trying to unravel. Walter... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - TRAPPISTS ARE TO MOVE. Monastery in Nova Scotia to Be Removed to Cumberland in Rhode Island.
    St. John, N. B., April 28. - The trappist monastery at Tracadie, N. S., is soon to be removed to a far near Cumberland, R. I., and the farm at... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Cumberland, a township (town) of Providence co., R.I., the northeasternmost town in the state. It manufactures cotton, horseshoes, etc., and contains ... Read MORE...

  • News  1924 - GAS EXPLOSION KILLS FIFTEEN
    Man Strikes Match in Gas-Filled Room of Tenement House; Family Dies

    (By Tribune's Special Leased Wire)
    CUMBERLAND, R.I., Jan. 28 - Fifteen... Read MORE...

  • 1928 - Nine Men's Misery monument in Cumberland was erected in memory of the colonists killed in Pierce's Fight during King Phillips War in 1676.
    The monument was erected in 1928, by monks living in a nearby monastery.
    bucklinsociety.net/ bucklin-family-history/ william-bucklin/ nine-mens-misery/
  • News  1934 - Communist Plot Rumored To Dynamite Water Supply
    CUMBERLAND, R.I., Sept. 14. - (UP) - Unconfirmed rumors of a communist plot to dynamite Pawtucket's water supply spread today and police guards were... Read MORE...

  • 1949 - Testimony of Water Shortage in New England
    ...The old stone walls of farmlands flooded 62 years ago are visible in the top picture [illegible] of the Diamond Hill reservoir, Cumberland R.I.,... Read MORE...

  • News  1950 - Monastery in Rhode Island Is Destroyed
    Cumberland Hill, R. I. (UP) - Fire early today destroyed the hilltop Cistercian monastery of Our Lady of the Valley, built by the patient hands of... Read MORE...

  • News  1955 - Industrial Blaze Ends 2,000 Jobs in Rhode Island
    CUMBERLAND, R.I., Sept. 13 - (INS) - Two thousand persons were left jobless today by a $5 million fire which destroyed five buildings of the Manville ... Read MORE...

  • News  1967 - It Was Good Ski Season For New England Resorts
    ...Rhode Island ski resorts survived abnormal warm weather in January to record a good season, with one exception. The January snow lack was balanced ... Read MORE...

  • News  1976 - Blast Destroys Aerosol Plant
    CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) - "When I got to the window, there was no wall left. It just blew me right through," said Norman Brule.

    Brule was one of at... Read MORE...

  • News  1976 - Century-old twins
    CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) - Emmanuel and Samuel Lussier's relatives are planning a centennial celebration of their own next year when the twin brothers... Read MORE...

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    "Discover Rhode Island" Premier • Episode 1: Lincoln/Cumberland, RI (www.youtube.com)

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